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A 16-year-old female asked:

My anterior talofibular ligament is torn. talonavicular joint is off. degenerative changes in ankle. occurred 10/31/13. still bruises and swells regularly. not allowed much physical activity (swimming,walking) is surgery needed? i have a apt with pre-surg

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Dr. James Lunsford
Podiatry 43 years experience
ATF tear: An MRI should confirm the category of damage...i find they frequently under-estimate the degree of injury...more important is the length of time that has passed and the level of symptoms...it will likely never heal without surgery and that might range from a simple repair to a graft overlay to a complete graft replacement...

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Last updated Feb 9, 2015

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